The Living Coast looks forward to the next decade

13 March 2024

Brighton & Hove City Council has reaffirmed its support of The Living Coast’s renewal of our UNESCO Biosphere designation and future strategic direction.

The Living Coast will submit an application to UNESCO to continue being part of their World Network of Biospheres.

Every decade UNESCO requires a periodic review to renew the designation. On 12 March 2024, Councillors at the City Environment, South Downs and the Sea committee endorsed the submission and warmly welcomed the 10-year review and emerging priorities for the next decade, which have been shaped with partners in the region.

The mission of The Living Coast is to protect wildlife and habitats, promote sustainable economy and communities, and encourage environmental education, training and research. We’ve undergone a detailed review of the last decade, working with local stakeholders, communities, groups, and local organisations to outline our vision and strategic priorities for the next decade in our re-designation report.

Councillor Tim Rowkins, Chair of the committee said, “The Living Coast UNESCO Biosphere is a very special place and a strong asset for our region. It’s globally important for our unique landscapes and rare habitats. It has brought together a dynamic partnership which delivers innovative solutions to address climate change and biodiversity loss, bringing people closer to nature and improving health and wellbeing.”

2024 marks the first decade of The Living Coast UNESCO Biosphere. Our journey so far has been marked by significant achievements, from rejuvenating marine life with a trawling ban alongside Sussex IFCA, to leading water preservation with The Aquifer Partnership, to introducing the ground-breaking City Downland Estate Plan sustainable management of Brighton & Hove’s rural estate.

Together, we look forward to continuing our legacy of nurturing our unique landscapes, fostering community pride, and setting global standards for sustainable living. Stay tuned for updates as we embark on our re-designation process.

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Sarah Jones

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